The Best National Parks You’ve Never Heard Of

The US has 58 areas designated as National Parks but the vast majority of all visits hit up the same five places. You might have heard of them:

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

Yosemite National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Sound pretty familiar right, these five parks combine to provide spots for just under 24 million visits in 2011, that’s 38% of all National Park visits.

So, what does that mean?

It means there are over 50 National Parks all across the US for you to discover.

What’s the benefit?

Less traffic, less visitors, more time enjoying the natural beauty in solitude. Sounds pretty good to me.

Now, let’s check out some awesome National Parks you might have never even heard of.

Canyonlands National Park

With less than 500,000 visitors each year, Canyonlands is a true hidden gem. Located near Moab, Utah it offers Mesas, arches, incredible red rock views and even old Native American cave drawings.

North Cascades National Park

If you can’t make it to Alaska to check seeing glaciers off your bucket list, then North Cascades might be a fantastic option. Located in Washington State only 2 hours north of Seattle it has a whopping 19,000 visitors a year. This park features Alpine views, crystal clear lakes and amazing wildflowers.

Congaree National Park

Hidden away near Columbia, South Carolina, Congaree National Park offers protection for the largest tract of old growth bottomland hardwood forest left in the US. Featuring all sorts of nature and wildlife, this park offers spectacular bird watching as well.